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A mortgage is a loan that is secured by real property (land, buildings).

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Should I be Wary of First-Time Home Ownership Programs?

Today I met with a realtor (A buyers rep, apparently). I was expecting to talk about saving up a proper down payment, and beginning the search for a home sometime next year. Instead, she was very ...
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How to answer “Are you permanent employee?” when applying for mortgage as an apprentice

I've been looking into getting a mortgage with my partner recently. We had a conversation with the bank yesterday asking all the standard questions (How much do you earn?, Monthly outgoing, etc..). ...
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Is money from a trust account considered a gift?

I have a BNY Mellon Investment Fund account designated to me and set up by my parents. On the statements the Client Name is in my parents name and the Designation is my name. My financial advisor ...
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What are the downsides to refinancing a mortgage, if any?

I'm about one year into a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage, and while visiting my bank's website, I noticed that their rates for an equivalent mortgage are about 0.5% lower now than what I am paying, which ...
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How is mortgage in Canada calculated?

I'm taking a finance course at a Canadian university. The teacher said this time-of-money is how the banks calculate their loans and mortgages. Out of the blue, I want to try how close the formula in ...
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How do I compare refinance offer with my current mortgage if I already paid more towards the principal [duplicate]

I received an offer for refinancing my mortgage, but I am very unclear whether it is beneficial to me. I googled for refinance calculators, but they all seem to assume that you just paid regular ...
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Cannot Find Mortgage Adviser on FCA Registry

My partner and I are currently on the market looking for our first home to buy. When contacting a estate agent for a potential house they referred me to a Mortgage adviser. When searching for details ...
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Recapture of portion of Federal subsidy

My state offers a mortgage program which stipulates: The Internal Revenue Code includes a restriction relating to such mortgage loans. The Federal government treats homebuyers who purchase a ...
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To opt for interest only home loan and save for next property down payment or keep paying P&I to reduce debt AND borrow more for next property

I currently own an investment property which I bought to live in (lived in for couple of years) and now has rented out as I moved (renting) in a better area for kids school. I am comfortably managing ...
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Should I provide my username and password for my brokerage account to my mortgage lender to verify my assets?

I’m applying for a mortgage, and found a potential lender from a referral from my real estate agent. The initial application process seemed normal and very similar to what I’ve experienced with other ...
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Using a personal loan to cover gap in down payment for potential mortgage

We are planning on buying an apartment or a house in the next year or two and we're trying to work out some calculations. Situation: we are living in West Germany and and this is where we'd like to ...
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If buying a home for less than it's valued will I need a downpayment?

Currently my wife and I are living in a home is owned by her parents. We plan to buy it from them once we get other debts paid off and they're willing to sell it to us for the original price they paid ...
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How to decide where to invest home equity?

Let's say I bought my home several years ago and now have (for example) $100k equity available if I refinance. Now I can take that $100k* and invest it in the stock market. Or I could take the 100k ...
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Who normally attends a residential real estate closing in the US?

For a standard mortgage closing, what parties are usually in attendance for the final walkthrough and closing event?
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Buy Land Using Old 401K?

I have a 401K from a job I left ~7 months ago. I'm looking to buy some land and do construction on it. I need to put about $40K down on the land, but I only have ~$30K in savings. What's the best way ...
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Will incomplete home improvement projects affect mortgage refinance?

We purchased our home a year ago at a not-terrible rate, but we are now considering refinancing for a shorter term at a rate nearly 2% lower. We have about 20% equity in the house, and do not plan to ...
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Can a house appraisal impact my mortgage loan?

Purchasing my first home and had to go over asking price due to competing offers. What's the likelihood that the appraisal will come in under the purchase price, thus complicating my mortgage ...
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Is there any reason a person would voluntarily choose to have PMI?

Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) seems to be treated as a necessary evil. Inquiries about pmi on this site and elsewhere almost always revolve around avoiding it - how to avoid being required to ...
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Two realtors estimating different price ranges

I'm looking into investing into a specific apartment. It hasn't been publicly listed as for sale yet, I just happen to know the current owner. The owner asked me to do my own research and make him an ...
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Along the path of buying the first, second, and third house. Should I rent one myself?

If I have 2 houses, and rent out both of them for $4,000 each, then the bank will take into account the rental income of $8,000. But if I live in one and rent out the other, the bank only accounts ...
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What does it mean when 5 year fixed is lower than 5 year variable [duplicate]

For the past 10 years, we've had 2 5-year variable rate mortgages. We have more or less won the bet in the fixed vs. variable game. In the past, the variable was always a lower rate than the fixed. ...
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How does depreciation deduction work in mortgages?

Home investors are said to be concerned that the depreciation deductions exceed mortgage amortization. This is because the depreciation remains flat but the amount of amortization rises, albeit slowly,...
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Do monthly payments decrease on a mortgage later in the loan? [duplicate]

I am planning to purchase a home and all calculations and the banks say principal, interest, property tax, plus mortgage insurance will be close to $1000 per month. The calculator show that if I ...
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Paying USD 1000 towards the principal on my mortgage

I bought a home worth 200,000 paid 20% down, my interest rate is 4%, 30 yr fixed Remaining Loan 160,000. Initially, lets say I pay around 1000 USD (200 toward my principal and 800 towards my interest)....
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Is there a non-income tax way of my father paying off my house?

My father will soon be moving in with me as he is retiring at the age of 77. We are wanting to pay off my mortgage ($250,000). But we want to do it all in my name because we don't want it to appear as ...
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Loan to family member in Canada

I am residing in USA. I am considering loaning USD 50K to my brother in Canada to help him buy a home. Whats the best way to go about this? I read that if its within US its best to do this a loan ...
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What scenarios to look for when bringing a large down payment for buying a house?

I have been looking to buy a house for about $120k. There are abundant properties for sale in this price. While house hunting, I suddenly came into an inheritance, so I can now afford a down payment ...
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What happened to my “Pre-Paids” on mortgage closing?

In August I closed on a home purchase (not refi), it's now November. My closing included both prepaids and escrow. My "Section F" Prepaids included 1-year home owners insurance Prepaid interest ...
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Does paying a mortgage early mean you effectively paid a much higher interest rate?

Most mortgages use an amortization schedule that have you pay more interest than principal at the beginning and then less interest and more principal as time goes one. You can see this using this ...
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UK - first house as a investment, mortgage

I am about to buy first house in UK, mainly for investment purposes (UK) Property price: up to 280k £ Spare cash: 60k (deposit, fees, renovation costs) (renovation costs will be much lowers, because ...
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203k loans, hometyle loans, and 'habitability'

I am looking to buy a primary residence in Detroit. I am interested in doing renovations myself as much as possible, even if it takes several years while living in the home. I've been researching 203(...
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What's a good strategy for offering low on a house?

We are in the UK and interested in purchasing a house, but the highest offer we could make is substantially below the asking price by around 5%. However, we have some advantages over other ...
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How is debt to income ratio calculated by mortgage lenders? (what is the source material)

I was thinking about this as I was writing a comment for this question. I wanted to make a point that is the OP paid his credit card in full before each month's statement was generated (so that the ...
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Calculating real estate rental yield with a mortgage?

I'm struggling to work out how to calculate real estate rental yield in a way that makes it somewhat comparable to any other income-generating asset (e.g., given an investment of X, and a periodic ...
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How do rental income/costs factor into a debt to income ratio for a home purchase?

If I own a house that I rent out, and I apply for a mortgage to purchase a new primary residence, how do the rental income and costs factor into a debt to income (DTI) ratio for that new mortgage? My ...
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Can I use home equity line of credit as second house down payment?

I recently moved to Boston where housing is very expensive compared to where I lived before. Buying a house requires a lot of money as down payment, and I am still short of $30000-$40000. But I have a ...
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Does a cash back mortgage at a higher rate with the cash immediately applied to the principal make financial sense?

A mortgage advisor was trying to sell me on cash back mortgage. For most clients he said they use it to pay down debt at a higher interest rate or to buy the essentials for a first home. This is not ...
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Refinance Cost is high

I got 30 years loan for 232K two years ago with interest rate of 4.25% and now I am planning to refinance again for 15 years. Financial company mentioned they can provide interest of 2.85% but the ...
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Letting a partner in on home ownership gradually

I have owned my house for 10 years. My boyfriend has been living in it for nearly two years. So far he hasn't been paying anything towards the mortgage. We split bills and council tax 50:50. This ...
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Is it valid to mix assets and expenses when calculating the worth of a house?

I'm trying to calculate (for myself, not relying on other people's graphs) when it becomes worth it to buy vs. rent. On the positive side, there is: the down payment, property that (roughly, over ...
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Why do FNMA and FHLMC impose loan limits?

Why do FNMA and FHLMC announce new loan limits for one to four-family loans? Is there a justification to have something called "conforming" loans as opposed to "jumbo" loans? Is this to separate on ...
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How does paying extra on my mortgage affect my amortization schedule?

I am a first time home buyer and have some spare cash after my home purchase to pay forward quite a bit of money (cash was not available during actual purchase, so, no, I could not have put it towards ...
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How much income am I getting by renting my house?

I am moving from Portland, OR to SF Bay area and therefore contemplating whether to sell or rent the house. I am not planning to move back to this house. Property details: Bought for : $267,000 Paid ...
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How to handle shared mortgage payment if one person can't pay their share?

I have been struggling with figuring out how to handle mortgage payment on a common apartment after a breakup. I am usually good with numbers but those configurations all seem to make some sense for ...
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Mortgage term and overpayment

I have been comparing mortgages on a banks website. It appears that the term I choose does not affect the interest rate I am offered. In this case the deals allow 10% overpayment per year without ...
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Buydowns when House Market is Weak

I would like to better understand how the buydown works in residential housing market. A typical situation that comes to my mind is that a developer who wants to get rid of excess supply of homes in ...
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“Negative Amortization” Terminology

I want to better understand the term "negative amortization". For example, in the Graduated Payment Mortgage (GPM), people often say it usually has negative amortization as the loan balance increases ...
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Residential Mortgage Tilt Effect

The way I understand the mortgage tilt effect is that the lender "prices in" the expected rate of inflation into the contract borrowing rate, so that the lender is compensated in the earlier years of ...
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Why do Loan Discount Points Exist?

Loan Amount Disbursed = Face value of Mortgage in the contract *(1-discount points). Why do we have this type of computation in place in the US? Is this conventional because of some history behind it?...
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How to calculate the profitability of an investment property, taking mortgage leveraging into account?

If you buy a property with cash, its fairly easy to make a calculation by totaling your profits over the lifetime of your investment against investing the same amount into an index fund. But how does ...